Treatments & Lifetime Care
Treating the whole person—as well as the person's cancer—is part of our mission.
The Oncology Program at Virginia Hospital Center exists to provide effective, quality and compassionate care. Striving to complement medical care with education and information about recognized and cutting-edge treatment options, current status of research as well as nutrition and psychosocial counseling and support groups fulfills the range of care for cancer survivors and caregivers.
Acupuncture, meditation and guided imagery, massage therapy, yoga and spiritual/pastoral counseling are some of the non-allopathic methods. Each service and provider has been carefully selected based on their professional qualifications, their appropriateness for cancer survivors and caregivers, as well as their support of an integrative model of oncology care.
Your oncology team at the Virginia Hospital Center may include the some or all of the following health professionals:
- Dietician — a registered dietician can coordinate a diet plan to ensure proper nutrition during and after your treatment
- Dosimetrist — this technologist takes measurements and calculations to ensure that radiation doses are delivered precisely
- Medical Oncologist — this physician treats cancer with drugs and/or chemicals
- Oncology Nurse — a nurse, specially trained in working with patients diagnosed with cancer assists your doctor in directing a total-care program. The nurse may be administering chemotherapy in the your oncologist's office or in the hospital and will help answer your questions.
- Palliative Care Team — these medical professionals include a palliative physician, a nurse, social worker, psychiatrist, a member of the clergy and volunteers They are dedicated to providing aggressive symptom management for those suffering with life-limiting illnesses.
- Patient Navigator — a counselor or nurse that helps patients and family members "navigate" the medical system by connecting them with resources and support services.
- Pathologist — this is a specialized physician who analyzes specimens in the laboratory, including tissues removed by biopsy or surgery and makes the final diagnosis of cancer from the tissue.
- Pharmacist — a pharmacist manages your drug therapy, antibiotic therapy and intravenous nutrition as prescribed by your physician. The pharmacist interacts with your primary team on a regular basis. The pharmacist's goal is to provide the best results with minimum side effects.
- Radiation Oncologist — this physician treats cancer with radiation therapy.
- Radiation Therapist — this specialist operates the equipment that delivers radiation therapy.
- Radiation Physicist — this specialist oversees equipment calibration quality control and assists in treatment planning.
- Radiologic Technologist — this technologist takes diagnostic x-rays.
- Radiologist — this physician uses x-rays to perform diagnostic tests and interventional procedures for diagnosing and managing a diagnosis of cancer.
- Social Worker — a licensed clinical social worker is devoted to caring for your emotional needs and the needs of your loved ones. Your social worker will help consult with you regarding home healthcare agencies and insurance issues, and provides emotional support and guidance during your treatment.
- Surgeon — this physician specializes in treating your disease by surgical methods.
- Survivorship Program — this program is to treat cancer survivors.
Virginia Hospital Center provides a continuum of cancer care through its Robert E. Lee Oncology Unit, Outpatient Infusion Center and The Hitt Family Center for Radiation Oncology.
Education materials and other resources are also available through the Hospital's dedicated Cancer Resource Center and Barbra Marcus Kolton Cancer Resource Library.
Lifetime Following-up Through Cancer Registry
The Cancer Registry collects and tracks information about every cancer patient treated at Virginia Hospital Center and follows the treatment course throughout each patient's lifetime.
This careful tracking system allows physicians to evaluate the effectiveness of various treatments, provides an automatic reminder to schedule follow-up appointments with patients, and yields important data for research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The Cancer Registry also serves as a valuable source of information for physicians and patients alike on various types of cancers and the treatments used to combat them.
Healing, Health and Hope
These are our goals at Virginia Hospital Center. To help you heal. To return you to full health. To bring you hope. And to treat you as the whole person you are, in body, mind, and spirit.